Getting Help With a Mesothelioma Cancer Diagnosis

Diagnosed with mesothelioma, Victor found information on medical help and financial assistance from, giving him a better chance of survival.

Virgil Anderson was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, which is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. He came in contact with asbestos while working on his family’s farm, but he was mainly exposed during his job as a press operator in the manufacturing of stove tops. Many other groups of people come in contact with a lot of asbestos and are also at risk.

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There is help available when you are diagnosed with mesothelioma.

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Cancer Deaths Can Be Preventable

I have a cousin that died of colon cancer. He had constant constipation. He would go to the doctor, and the doctor would give him laxatives.  This happened for a while, until he was diagnosed. If this doctor would have properly diagnosed him, his story could be different. I have seen people at my church get diagnosed with cancer, get stem cell treatment and get a clean bill of health.

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My late cousin George was given a clean bill after of health after radiation treatments, but did not follow it up.

Cancer is clearly in my cousin’s family tree because his father also died of cancer. I am not affected because I have no blood relations with his father. His mother was my aunt (my father’s sister). She died of diabetes and was cancer free.

His brother was not so fortunate. Carrying his father’s genes, he was also diagnosed with cancer. After radiation treatment, he was given a clean bill of health. But, he didn’t listen to the doctors when he was told to follow it up, because had a hard time with the side effects of the radiation treatment. After a year, his cancer was back. No one knows for how long because it was too late.

My cousins’ cases are just two examples where cancer can be preventable. If it doesn’t feel right, get a second opinion. By all means, follow it up. Cancer death rates can be changed to stories of survival. It is too late for my cousins.  But hopefully, we can learn from their story.